After Action Review: QRF in Nagrand

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Nagrand QRF

MISSION: The Tauren Marines conduct QRF of Nagrand NLT 25NOV14 in order to provide friendly Horde elements freedom of movement; the secondary objective being to gather Garrison resources via hunting for rare creatures and enemies.

ACTIONS ON: The Tauren Marines began the patrol at War’vor, where a stray Alliance warrior decided to gank the XO. The Corps reacted immidiately and with extreme prejudice. Following formation, the Corp moved in a clockwise fashion around Nagrand, hunting for rare creatures and enemies. The call went out to all Horde that we were patrolling the AO and offering to interdict all Alliance gankers, but there were no reports of hostile Alliance the entire evening.

In all, the Corps accomplished the following in the one-hour long patrol:

1x Cheeky Alliance Warrior slain
9+ Rares slain, with all their attendant treasures
200+ Garrison Resources Collected
1x Bonus Objective Area cleared
2x Steamwheedle Cartel Artifacts collected
1x Achievement “Making the Cut,” which awarded Brawler’s Guide invitations
1x Recruit (Welcome, Harakhan!)

SUSTAINS/IMPROVES: While extremely productive, the patrol did not encounter any significant Alliance hostility. The next patrol will be through a more Alliance-contested area to ensure that all Horde elements retain freedom of movement.

Täl Skywalker
Tauren Marines, Commanding

A Tribute to Heroes


Some Shu’halo heroes go unsung, but not if the Tauren Marines can help it.

It was no surprise to find that the front lines of the Horde Vanguard was made up of Shu’halo warriors. Our people have always been the shock troops of the Horde. Even serving in the Outer Rim Campaign alongside Terran and Protoss forces, we were at the forefront.

Many on Azeroth will remember the glorious rush through the Dark Portal. Many will talk of the bravery and sacrifice of that day. But who will remember the brave Shu’halo who led the charge? Who will honor their memory? Who will recognize that without their bodies, willfully given as shields for those behind, the assault on the Dark Portal would have suffered countless more casaulties?

And who will remember those that fought the Iron Horde to the bitter end so that a chosen few could escape into the savage lands of Draenor? Who will thank them and their children for their selfless sacrifice? Who will thank them that Garrisons could be established and a foothold secured on this alien world?

WE will remember those that died, so that others may live:

Plainsmender Darragh
Pazo Stonehoof
Durphorn the Bullheaded

Friends, Brothers, Heroes. We honor you. May the Earthmother guide your spirits home to Mulgore.




SUBJECT: Operation Vanguard Reconnaissance

MISSION: The Tauren Marines conduct an area reconnaissance of the Blasted Lands NLT 01NOV14 in order to answer priority intelligence requirements for the High Chieftain.

ACTIONS ON: The Tauren Marines first conducted an area reconnaissance of Okri’lon Hold and reports the following:

-There is no trace of friendly Horde forces at Okri’lon
-There is a company-sized element of Brownback Orcs occupying the hold
-The Warlord of the Hold has Warsong-esque tattoos
-There are foragers and smithies at the Hold, suggesting ongoing sustainment operations

From the area reconnaissance of the Dark Portal, the Tauren Marines report the following:

-A battalion-sized (or more) element of Brownbacks control the Dark Portal
-The Dark Portal itself has turned red
-Brownback reinforcements are coming from the Portal
-There are at least four artillery pieces, complete with Ogres to move them
-They are all heavily armed with well-crafted armor and weaponry
-There were two Orcs leading the (presumed) invasion force: Warlord Zaela and one unnamed, male Orc

CURRENT STATUS: The Tauren Marines are currently refitting and are poised for follow-on missions.

Täl Skywalker
Tauren Marines, Commanding

Official Policy Memorandum #003-15

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SUBJECT: Reassignment to the Iron Vanguard
TO: All Tauren Marines and Potential Recruits

By order of High Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof, the Tauren Marines are assigned to the Iron Vanguard, a Horde-wide task force assigned to reconnoiter the Dark Portal and discover the source of its disturbance, repel the Iron Horde invaders, and restore Horde control to Okril’on. This reassignment is effective immediately.

In order to fulfill this mission, the Tauren Marines are looking for a few good Cows to bolster the ranks for future operations in the Blasted Lands…and beyond. If you think you’ve got what it takes to earn the title of TAUREN MARINE, stampede to the nearest recruit and enlist today.

Stand by us for the Tribes; for Mulgore; and FOR THE HORDE.

Täl Skywalker
Tauren Marines, Commanding




TIME ZONE: Server Time
References:Memorandum #003-14

Situation: The Horde has lost contact with Okri’lon in the Blasted Lands amidst reports of strange-looking Orcs swarming the area. Even more threatening, the Dark Portal has turned blood-red, and reports indicate that these Orcs – dubbed “The Iron Horde” – are moving through the portal. Warchief Vol’jin has called upon the Horde’s greatest champions in this time of need, and so – naturally – High Chieftain Bloodhoof has nominated the Corps.

Mission: The Tauren Marines participate in the Iron Vanguard, a Horde-wide effort to recon the Dark Portal and discover the source of its disturbance, repel the Iron Horde invaders, and restore Horde control to Okril’on.

Execution: Tauren Marines will report at the Shattered Landing on 01 November at 1900 server time for a formation, briefing, and pre-combat checks and inspections. The TMC will then conduct a Recon by Fire, answering these priority intelligence requirements for High Chieftain Bloodhoof:

1) What has become of Horde forces at Okri’lon?
2) Where is the Iron Horde coming from?
3) Who is leading the invasion?
4) What is the combat strength of the Iron Horde invasion force?

The TMC will accomplish this by re-taking Okri’lon. Once the fortress is under Horde control, the Tauren Marines will move to the Dark Portal and assess the strength of the foe…. most likely by charging into a frontal attack.

Once all priority intelligence requirements have been answered, the Tauren Marines will reconsolidate, report to High Chieftain Bloodhoof, and prepare for follow on missions.

Service Support: Material support will come from the Guild Bank. Marines should pull any necessary resources from the bank before first formation. Once we are in the Blasted Lands, we are on our own – there will be little to no Horde support.

Command and Signal: Bull 1 will lead this mission. Succession of command is Bull 1, Bull 2. If the chain of command is broken, Marines are to fall back and report to High Chieftain Bloodhoof. All communications will be done over /CowNet.

For the Tribes; for Mulgore; and FOR THE HORDE.

Attention to Orders: Promotions

SUBJECT: Promotion Orders
TO: Tauren Marine Corps

To all those who shall see these presents, greetings. The High Chieftain has reposed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of:


Recruit Taruhtah’ro Ish Panwe Iswa, also known as Red, of the Dawnhide Tribe


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Recruit Bal Ramblinghoof of the Winterhoof Tribe


"This codpiece gives me tenderloins."

“This codpiece gives me tenderloins.”

Recruit Tokal Stoneleaf of the Mistrunner Tribe


"I solemnly swear I am up to no good."

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”

Recruit Kulgorr Sharphoof of the Ragetotem Tribe

In view of these qualities and their demonstrated potential for increased responsibility, they are promoted to the rank of TAUREN MARINE, effective immediately.

These appointees will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the grade to which appointed, by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto pertaining.

Tal Skywalker
Tauren Marines

Attention to Orders: Campaign Star

Three more Marines have earned a Campaign Star for their direct contributions to the overthrow of the False Warchief Hellscream. These Marines have been distinguished from among their peers for their bravery, dedication to duty, and sacrifice. They reflect great credit to the Corps, the Tribes, and the HORDE.

"I will reach you before Death does."

“I will reach you before Death does.”

"They made fun of my gloves."

“They made fun of my gloves.”

"Certified exterminator."

“Certified exterminator.”

SUBJECT: Siege of Orgrimmar Campaign Star
TO: LT Kvin Stormspeak, Marine Lukahe, Marine Traugh Clawhoof

To all who shall see these presents, greeting: This is to certify that the High Chieftain of the Tauren Tribes has awarded a Campaign Star to the following Tauren Marines for achieving Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream during the Siege of Orgrimmar Campaign:

LT Kvin Stormspeak
Marine Lukahe
Marine Traugh Clawhoof

Their fighting and medical skills directly contributed to the Horde’s success over the False Warchief. Their achievement is in keeping with the highest traditions of Tauren Marine Corps excellence and reflect great credit upon themselves, the Tauren Marine Corps, the Tribes, and the HORDE.

“Tauren Marines do the hard things.”

Given under my hand in Thunder Bluff,
Täl Skywalker
Tauren Marines


"They made fun of my gloves."

“They made fun of my gloves.”

SUBJECT: Horde Achievement Medal
TO: Marine Lukahe

To all who shall see these presents, greeting: This is to certify that the High Chieftain of the Tauren Tribes has awarded the Horde Achievement Medal to Marine Lukahe for meritorious service in a non-combat compacity.

On his own intiative, Marine Lukahe created an epic peice of art that has become the homepage banner for the Tauren Marine website. The artwork depicts the night that the Mad Cows of Mulgore first boarded Terran dropships headed for the Outer Rim. It masterfully recreates the solemen yet peaceful calm of Thunder Bluff as well as the anticipation of some uknown adventure. He donated his time and talents to the Corps with no thought to reward. As a result of his efforts, visitors are met with an epic first impression of the Tauren Marine website. His action reflect great credit upon himself, the Highmountain Tribe, and the Tauren Marine Corps.

Given under my hand in Thunder Bluff,
Täl Skywalker
Tauren Marines

Stand By Me

It’s (finally) here.

Stand by us, the TAUREN MARINES, against the evils of this world. For the Tribes; for Mulgore; and FOR THE HORDE.


Song: Stand By Me
Artist: Ki: Theory
Album: Kitty Hawk

Big Basic, Baby

"Do NOT call me 'Sir,' you pukestains. I WORK for a living!"

“Do NOT call me ‘Sir,’ you pukestains. I WORK for a living!”

The Corps is growing. This past week we hosted the largest ever class of Recruits in Basic Training. While this growth is something to be proud of, it is more important than ever that we remember what we are striving for: the dedicated few that will carry the banner of Thunder Bluff to any who threatens her peaceful plains. We are not a mindless horde of honred beasts – we are high quality TAUREN MARINES, and we will not accept Recruits just to have more numbers. The extensive vetting will continue. The high standards will be upheld. For the title is not given, it is earned.